32. Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh (1995)
Director: Bill Condon
Stars: Tony Todd, Kelly Rowan, Bill Nunn, Veronica Cartwright, William O'Leary
The original Candyman, a mature and deeply disturbing adaptation of Clive Barker's short story "The Forbidden," is one of the more underrated horror movies of the last twenty years. With a nicely acted villain (played by genre icon Tony Todd), an eerie Gothic tone, and an underlying sensuality that's discomforting, it's the rare horror flick that's scary on a profound level.
Unlike this low-grade sequel, which liberally pulls from horror's proverbial bag of clichĂ©s. Todd's back in action, yet his equally solid performance here is undermined by an incessant amount of fake jump scares; as in the genre's shittiest films, both cats and booming soundtrack cues are used as lazy "Gotcha!" bait.
An origin story about Candyman's pre-boogeyman days, Candyman 2: Farewell to the Flesh should've been the movie that put Todd's name in the conversation of big-deal casting directors. The fact that he's still making straight-to-DVD C-movies should say it all.